Chicago has unparalleled sophistication, class, and style. Not to mention, breathtaking views. Our prime location and two international airports make Chicago second to none when it comes to accessibility. And once you're here, you'll find world-class accommodations, world-renowned museums, nightlife and music for every style, theater that's home to world-premiere shows, and a dining scene that has so many accolades it's in a ranking of its own.
For a more in-depth look at Chicago's events, performing arts, nightlife, dining, shopping and more, check out our Official Guides for visitors and meeting/travel professionals.
For a round up on the city with a rich history and fascinating stories, visit our Fun Facts on Chicago.
We've put together a checklist of Classic Chicago activities that demonstrate the breadth of activities in Chicago. So let the fun begin!
Visit the Tallest Building in North America
at the Willis Tower and step out onto The Ledge, a suspended glass box at Skydeck Chicago
more than 1,000 feet in the sky.
Submerge yourself in the U-505 German Submarine at the Museum of Science & Industry
, the Largest Science Museum in the Western Hemisphere.
Find yourself Deep in Space at the Adler Planetarium's
Grainger Sky Theater. As the World's Most Advanced Digital Theater
, the Grainger
boasts images that are eight times sharper than your digital cinema.
Dive in to a coastal environment of Beluga whales, dolphins, sea otters, and seals at the Shedd Aquarium's
3-million-gallon saltwater Oceanarium, the Largest Indoor Marine Mammal Habitat in the World
Pay a visit to the Largest, Most Complete, Best Preserved T. rex
ever discovered. You can meet the T. rex named Sue at The Field Museum
. Don't worry, she doesn't bite.
Take pleasure in one of the World's Finest and Largest Collections of French Impressionist
art at The Art Institute of Chicago
. And while you're there, explore the architecturally stunning Modern Wing, which allows the Art Institute to house great collections of modern and contemporary art.
Look up at the World's Largest Tiffany Art Glass Dome
in the Chicago Cultural Center
for a sparkling masterpiece created with
nearly 30,000 pieces of stained glass.
Roar with the lions at one of the nation's last Free Zoos
. Offering an unforgettable wildlife experience amid a stunning skyline, the Lincoln Park Zoo
is open to the public for free every day of the year.
Ford the Chicago River by boat tour and explore Chicago's architectural wonders on the Only River in the World that Flows Backwards
. The reversal of the Chicago River was a pioneering, massive public works effort that saved the Chicago region from waterborne diseases in the early 1900s.
Feel the power of Chicago's dazzling, knee-slapping, and thought-provoking theater scene. As the nation's only city to have Five Regional Tony Award-Winning Theater Companies
, Chicago delivers unforgettable performances every day of the week.
Ride on the Ferris wheel at Navy Pier
. It's modeled after the very first Ferris wheel built for Chicago's 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Rides, shops, restaurants and boat tours abound at the Midwest's Number One Attraction.
Explore Chicago's lush Millennium Park that is home to the famous Cloud Gate
or "Bean" sculpture, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Lurie Garden, and the Crown Fountain
that spouts water from its digital faces. Millennium Park is constructed on top of a railroad yard and expansive parking garages - making it one of the Largest Green Roofs in the World
Indulge in some cheesy goodness at one of Chicago's famous pizzerias that serve up our Award-Winning Deep-Dish Pizzas.
Who serves up the best pies? That's for you to decide!
Honor Chicago's Sports Legend Harry Caray at Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse
for a mouth-watering selection of signature cut steaks.